was a fine chest of carved ebony. There were only three pieces of movable furniture, two footstools, and a curule chair, also of ebony, with a green velvet cushion. As nobody could sit in the last who had not had a king and queen for his or her parents, it may be supposed that more than one was not likely to be often wanted.
The Countess of Kent, as the elder sister, took the curule chair, while her sister Marjory, when the inspection was finished, sat down on the velvet settle. Margaret drew a footstool to her aunt's side, and took up her position there, resting her head caressingly on Marjory's knee.
"Three whole years, Aunt Marjory, that you have not been near us! What could make you stay away so long?"
"There were reasons, Magot."
The two Princesses exchanged smiles again, but there was some amusement in that of the Countess, while the expression of her sister was rather sad.
Margaret looked from one to the other, as if she would have liked to understand what they meant.
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